Hackers have traditionally focused on attacking machines running the Windows operating system, though they have gradually turned their attention to Apple products over the past couple of years as the company gained market share over Microsoft Corp.
Apple Mac computers hit with first ransomware attack, researchers find
Cyber security attacks have been on the rise. There was no indication as to whether the group described by Mandiant was involved in the attacks described by Apple and Facebook. An Apple spokesman declined to specify how many companies had been breached in the campaign targeting Macs, saying he could not elaborate further on the statement it provided. The statement said Apple was working closely with law enforcement to find the culprits, but the spokesman would not elaborate. The Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment.
Apple said it plans to release a piece of software on Tuesday that customers can use to identify and repair Macs infected with the malware used in the attacks.
Discover Thomson Reuters. Directory of sites. Henderson, Tenn. What helped the process was the university's long-term plan to move to an OS-neutral infrastructure. Being a Windows shop locked the organization into the Windows ecosystem, he says, and resulted in less flexibility, nimbleness and a loss of opportunities to innovate. Instead, the company has begun moving to cloud services.
Two years ago, for example, the Exchange server was replaced with Google Apps.
Read our tech debate: Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office The university switched over its faculty and students, and not only saved money on the Exchange licenses, but also on support costs.
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Campus members are also doing more and more work in the cloud - using Google Docs, cloud storage, and other applications. Some university staffers still use Microsoft Office, he says. However, this might be the last year for a campus-wide Windows Office license, he says. Meanwhile, most software vendors have already begun delivering applications via the Web, he adds. Today, only a couple of applications still require a Windows machine, like the school registration system. Staff who need access to these applications, or who simply prefer to work in a Windows environment, can use a virtual Windows desktop provided by Desktone, headquartered in Boston.
Desktone offers a secure cloud-based Windows desktop, accessible via any computer or mobile device, on a per-user basis - no virtual machines or dedicated servers required. The university decided on a gradual migration, moving all incoming freshmen and a quarter of staff and faculty to Macs four years ago, and repeating the same process each successive year.
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Today, almost all 2, students, with the exception of some graduate and fifth-year students, use Macs, as do almost all of the university's employees. One early problem was Active Directory integration. Apple's OS 10 will work with it, but not easily, and if the university were doing it over again, it would use Centrify, a vendor which specializes in integrating Macs into Windows networking environments.
Another challenge was managing user expectations. He is also the founder of EnterpriseIOS. For example, the mail client that comes with the Mac works with Exchange, but it may not have all the features that someone wants.
According to McAndrew, few large organizations are monolithic environments. In addition to running Windows, most also run Unix, Linux and, now, Macs. To comply with regulations and ensure security, companies need to make sure that employees can access the resources they need to do their jobs while providing access that is secure and trackable, he says. The story was first reported by Reuters. Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers.
The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers. We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network. There is no evidence that any data left Apple. We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.